DESIGN OBJECTS ON THE ARTLING
Online art gallery The Artling, which offers Asian contemporary art, has expanded its offerings to include tableware, furniture and lighting.
Under the new Design category on its website, work from established and emerging contemporary designers and artisans from Asia are up for sale. These include pieces from award-winning YOY Studio from Japan and emerging Lebanese designer Ghassan Salameh, who is behind the Arthropod Lamp (right, US$2,600 or S$3,640).
Prices start at US$15 for the Ripple Flower Vase by Japanese designer Taku Omura. Cast in plastic resin, the vase is designed to mimic a ripple when it is placed in any water body. It holds a single flower.
The most expensive item at the moment costs US$20,000. New items and designers are added weekly. Info: Go to theartling.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6223-0037 for more information
CASTILLA NOW AT BIG BOX
Following the closure of Park Mall in Dhoby Ghaut last year, luxury furniture retailer Castilla, which had a shop there, has found a new home at megastore Big Box in Jurong East.
There are more than 1,000 furniture pieces on display in its sprawling showroom, located on the third level of the complex. Some of the brands Castilla carries include Gamma, an Italian label that specialises in leather furniture; and Koinor (above), a German upholstery furniture manufacturer.
Prices start at $8,000 for a two-seat leather sofa from Gamma or Koinor. Where: Castilla, Level 3 Big Box, 1 Venture Avenue, tel: 6801-6595
WANTED: IDEAS FOR TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SPACES
If you know of a public space that could be jazzed up, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) wants to hear from you.
The competition, called My Ideas For Public Spaces: Pop-Ups, is open to everyone. In its brief, the URA says ideas for these temporary installations should "engage, delight and enliven" different types of public spaces.
Participants should consider how easily the pop-up can be transported and installed and it should be built within a $4,000 budget.
Up to six of the best ideas will receive $1,000 each and some of these winners will have their plans implemented.
Now in its third edition, the competition has seen previous ideas turned into reality.
These include Play It Forward Singapore, where pianos were placed around Singapore for anyone to play; and the Hindoo Road installation of umbrellas (above) designed to look like trees. Info: Closing date for the competition is May 15. Go to www.ourfaveplace.sg for more details
FRAGRANCE LABEL MAX BENJAMIN COMES TO TOWN
Max Benjamin, the Irish candle company known for its coffee- and tea-scented collection (above), is now available in Singapore.
Run by brothers Mark and David Van den Bergh and named after their nephews, the brand is known for its alcohol-free products and are suitable for people who are sensitive to fragrances.
The range includes soya candles, scented cards and diffusers. Prices start at $49 for a 170g candle from the tea or coffee collection and go up to $89 for a gift set that comes with a 140g candle and a 50ml diffuser.
In January, the brand launched the Amalfi Collection at French interior design trade show, Maison&Objet, in Paris.
The collection, inspired by the coastline along the southern edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula in the Campania region, comprises three dreamy scents to stir wanderlust. Choose from a scented card, a 190g candle or a diffuser. Where: Max Benjamin will be available at Robinsons The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road; and Tangs At Tang Plaza, 310 Orchard Road, from next Friday
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